Nonresident Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council
TopicsGCC, US Foreign Policy, US policy in the Middle East , US-Gulf relations
RegionsGulf, Middle East
LanguagesFrench, Portuguese, Spanish
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July 05, 2016On a visit to London last week, I had a front-row seat for the political turmoil emerging from a vote for Brexit that no one expected. I thought British politics were in serious trouble when I served as deputy chief…
June 02, 2016LeBaron and Ashooh in The Chronicle of Higher Education: Americans Ignore Middle Eastern Students at Our Peril
May 31, 2016While Americans observed the Memorial Day holiday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu conceded to demands by his education minister (and former chief of staff) Naftali Bennett that cleared the way for the approval of Avigdor Lieberman as defense minister. Bennett…
April 26, 2016
April 14, 2016When President Barack Obama meets his Gulf Cooperation counterparts in Riyadh on April 21, he will yet again reassure them about the US commitment to Gulf security and once again they will work through a litany of regional issues, focusing…
Full BioRichard LeBaron is a nonresident senior fellow with the Atlantic Council with a special focus on the Gulf region.
Ambassador LeBaron is a career diplomat with over thirty years experience abroad and in Washington. His most recent overseas posting was as deputy chief of mission at the US embassy in London from August 2007 to August 2010. Ambassador LeBaron served as ahargé d'affaires in London from February to August 2009. Previous to his assignment to London, Ambassador LeBaron served as the US ambassador to Kuwait (2004 to 2007). From September 2001 to July 2004, Ambassador LeBaron served as deputy chief of mission at the Embassy of the United States in Tel Aviv, Israel. Ambassador LeBaron was minister-counselor for political and economic affairs at the Embassy of the United States in Cairo, Egypt from 1998 to 2001. While posted in Washington from 1991 to 1998, he served in three positions related to the Middle East: director for Near East and South Asian affairs at the National Security Council, director of the Peace Process and Regional Affairs Office in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs at the Department of State, and Public Affairs Adviser for the Near Eastern Bureau. From 1991 to 1993, Ambassador LeBaron was political officer in the State Department's Office of European Community Affairs. Ambassador LeBaron's earlier overseas diplomatic postings included: Lisbon (1989-91), Tunis (1986-89), New Delhi (1982-84) and Managua (1980-82). Before he entered the Foreign Service, the Ambassador held a two-year consultancy in Brazil working on science policy issues. Ambassador LeBaron studied at the University of Colorado (BA) and The George Washington University (MA).